Shreveport-Bossier City bills itself as the Sports Capital of Louisiana. Its reasons for this boast? The area is home to several large arenas and sports facilities, and it regularly hosts events ranging from NCAA Women’s Basketball to USA Weightlifting National Championships to bass fishing’s Bassmaster Classic tournament. And there’s the little matter of a Division-I college football bowl game.
The Independence Bowl pits ACC and SEC teams against each other. Since 1976, it’s been held at Independence Stadium, a 50,000-seat football colossus. (The Independence Bowl was recently renamed the AdvoCare V100 Bowl, so if you’re searching for tickets, check under that name.)
Aside from bowl games, the area has facilities to host just about anything from bull riding to cheerleading. Part of the Tri-State area of Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas, Shreveport-Bossier offers a wealth of accommodations, dining options and Southern hospitality.
This 270,000-square-foot stadium, complete with 16 suites and a clubhouse, seats 14,000. It’s is the ideal place to host a diverse array of arena sports, including ice hockey, bull riding, monster trucks and arena football.
With seating for 50,000 and a state-of-the-art synthetic turf surface, Independence Stadium is home to Battle on the Border, a regional high school football tournament.
Red River South Marina
The marina hosted the 2009 and 2012 Bassmaster Classic. You’ll find cabins, RV rental spots, boat ramps, a pavilion and large parking area.
Cargill Sports Complex
Cargill provides 10 baseball/softball fields, 13 soccer fields, covered stands and dugouts, concessions and ample parking.
The park offers four baseball fields, four soccer field and four football fields, with lighting for night games.
Attractions and Accommodations
The Shreveport-Bossier area offers six riverboat casinos, one race course and a multitude of golf courses. If your idea of the thrill of the hunt extends more toward shopping, you’ll find unique shops in Shreveport as well. While the food in Shreveport includes an eclectic mix of cuisines, many groups stick to the regional specialties of good old-fashioned Southern cooking and its spicier cousins of soul, Creole and Cajun. Shreveport hosts a number of festivals, including the Barksdale Air Show on the local Air Force base.
Another thing that Shreveport has no shortage of is hotel rooms; there are over 10,000 rooms in 70 properties in the area. And there are room types for every taste and budget: luxe hotels, resorts, mid-priced chains, B&Bs and budget-friendly options are all within reach. There are vacation cabins, RV rental spots and campgrounds handy as well.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Shreveport is within the Tri-State area, making it an easy meeting point. By car, Shreveport-Bossier is accessible via I-20, I-49 and I-220. It is 200 miles east of Dallas and 200 miles south of Little Rock and about 250 miles northwest of Baton Rouge.
If you’re flying in, Shreveport Regional Airport is served by four airlines: Delta, United, Allegiant and American. Cities with direct flights to Shreveport include Las Vegas, Orlando, Denver, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Memphis.
The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission offers the following services to sports travel and event groups:
- Assistance with developing a bid
- Event management assistance, including coordinating volunteer workers
- Help with promoting and advertising your event
- Venue tours
- Assistance with securing facilities
- Visitor guides and maps
- Contact info for local vendors media
- Welcome and registry assistance
Shreveport-Bossier has the facilities to host almost any type of event, and the places your group will want to party in afterwards. Whether it’s a Little League baseball tournament or a fishing weekend, check out the unique things that the Shreveport area has to offer.